St Mary’s Harbour Report August 3rd

Here’s the weekly report from St Mary’s Harbourmaster, Dale Clark.

It is very disappointing to report a recent spate of fuel theft from vessels within the harbour. Fuel and in some case the fuel-can has been removed from a significant number of boats moored within the harbour. This act of theft will not be tolerated and any person(s) caught will be dealt with by the police and banned from the use of harbour facilities. Please ensure that your fuel, outboard engines and any other items that you store on your vessels are securely locked or removed from your boat. If anyone sees or is unfortunate to have fuel stolen then please report it to the police immediately.

·BBS remain on site. It is hoped that the new harbour office will be carpeted this week allowing it to be handed over to the harbour staff

·The annual Round The Island Race was unfortunately cancelled today due to weather conditions and it is planned to hold the event next Sunday (weather permitting). Pegasus will be the start vessel for this race.

·You are reminded of the Scillonian III’s early arrival/departure time of 1300/1500 on Saturdays.

·We have closed the new luggage store until such times as Kier have completed the waiting room to prevent any damage or mess from construction works. Please see ‘Kier Building’ section below.

·We have today made a start on clearing up and re-arranging the beach mooring chains. We hope the bulk of this work will be completed tomorrow however there may be additional work to the bottom chain required at the end of August –we will keep you informed of this.

·Please note that the defibrillator is now stored in the temporary waiting room at the end of the building.


·On Saturday we welcomed the Adonia back to the Islands on an un-scheduled visit due to poor weather forecasts for her Irish port. The day went very well with great co-operation from all harbour users – many thanks for this. Our next scheduled cruise ship is the Azores on the 20th August


·The penultimate load of blocks are now in place and it is very clear to see the extension works clear of the waterline. The Stemat 85 barge is empty and moored at Nut Rock. The tug Indus will tow it to Plymouth as soon as weather allows. This will be the final trip with blocks and will include the top slabs!

·The landing craft Arromanches has made 3 trips this past week and is on her way back to Falmouth to load her next cargo – amongst which will be the new steps for the extension works!

·The JML barge is moored at Nut Rock and will be brought into the harbour when weather allows to enable her 300+ t of stone to be loaded into the extension works. The barge will return to Falmouth as soon as she is empty for another load – we expect approx. 3 more loads required before the next level of the extension is put in place.

·The fenders and wooden planking are being removed from the end of the quay prior to the “tie-in” to the new quay. These materials will be re-used by the Harbour both here and on off Island quays.

·The dive platform is currently not in use and has been positioned in the inner berth. It will remain there until the JML 35 barge is brought in to unload the stone (hopefully in the next few days!).


·The quay widening works will commence soon and we will be in discussion with Kier this week as to when the wall in the working yard will be broken though to start works on the access ramp.


·Waiting Room: It is hoped that the floor will be laid this week followed by the installation of the seating.

·Ticket Office/Check in: Rendering works have neared completion and it is hoped this will be finished in the next day or so. Internal painting is almost complete. The roller shutters arrive this week and will be fitted.

·Freight Office: The flooring will be installed this week along with completion of internal decoration

·Steelwork: Still awaiting the arrival of the steelwork here in St Mary’s for the freight shed, balcony and staircase.

·Freight Store: The agreed works to start in August have not yet started and it is hoped we will see progress this coming week


As a reminder please read the information below re vehicle movements as written in the last weekly update

The recent works on the quay have severely restricted space on the quay, more so during the unloading of the Gry Maritha on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning.
This area as you know is already tight for space and the reduction in the useable area is now almost untenable for safe freight operations.

With this in mind, there is a need to review and amend the current practices for vehicles arriving to collect freight from the quay. This will not be a permanent move but will certainly be in force for the coming weeks over July and August where we will see an increase in freight deliveries to the islands. These restrictions may change over the coming weeks as we work together to develop a suitable working pattern for the unloading of the Gry Maritha.

Temporary restrictions to the rear yard are as follows:
During the unloading of the Gry Maritha – namely Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings – freight operations will commence at 07:00 with the chilled/frozen items being ready for collection at this time.
Note – RHH & Island Carriers will each have 2 vehicles to clear chilled/frozen from 07:00 and will wait until they are clear before bringing any other vehicle onto the quay. Island Carriers will use the outer quay to park a lorry which will do the co-op items passing the relief lorry off the quay (i.e. no waiting lorry parked on the quay). On a Thursday, Sibley’s large truck will be parked within their shed, helping to reduce the congestion in the rear yard on the busiest freight day.